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Monthly Archives: August 2012

If the Judiciary shouldn’t, who should advise the Governor-General?

This week, further information was revealed on the role of Sir Anthony Mason in advising the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, in the events leading up to Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal in 1975. The revelations raise renewed interest in the propriety of the Judiciary advising the Governor-General in times of constitutional crisis. Gabrielle Appleby considers […]

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Is Circumcision a Crime? A critique of the legal regulation of genital cutting in Germany and Australia

The Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion and the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law present  “Is Circumcision a Crime? A critique of the legal regulation of genital cutting in Germany and Australia”   When: Thursday 13 September 2012 at 1pm-2pm Where: Moot Court Room, Adelaide Law […]

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Same-sex marriage in the States

On Saturday the Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings announced that her government would introduce a Bill to allow same-sex marriage in that State. Giddings claimed she had legal opinions supporting the constitutionality of the measure, including from the Tasmanian Solicitor-General. UNSW constitutional law academic Professor George Williams has also written on the issue claiming State same-sex […]

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Text, Doctrine and Tradition in Law and Religion

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) and the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR) are proud to host TEXT, DOCTRINE AND TRADITION IN LAW AND RELIGION We inhabit different normative universes. We traverse different symbolic worlds. Symbolic worlds help us to orient ourselves within […]

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Ritualistic masochism or necessary evil? COAG and Australian federalism

Is COAG suited to cooperative federalism? How would we measure that? Adelaide Law School PhD candidate Mark Bruerton considers these questions. The 24th of  July bore witness once again to a governance ritual as old as the Australian nation itself. State and territory leaders met with the Prime Minister for a Council of Australian Government (COAG) meeting […]

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